“The effect of this leveling, of standing the utilitarian data of “Front Matter” just before “Fuckers,” or “Dedication” between “Deaf” and “Dicephalic Parapagus,” is that the compilers and The Book of Freaksmingle with, and become, freaks themselves, entry-less entries in their own encyclopedia. ” At The Collagist, Tom DeBeauchamp reviews Jamie Iredell’s The Book of Freaks.
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